The Retrospective Review, and Historical and Antiquarian Magazine Volume 3

The Retrospective Review, and Historical and Antiquarian Magazine Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1821 edition. Excerpt: ...stucke, and tooke seate. Atrides' breast was drown'd In rising choler. Up to both, sweet-spoken Nestor stood, The cunning Pylian orator, whose tongue powr'd forth a flood Of more then hony-sweet discourse: two ages were increast Of diverse languag'd men, all borne in his time, and deceast In sacred Pylos, where he reign'd amongst the third-ag'd meu: He (well seene in the world) advis'd, and thus exprest it then." Homer's admirable sketch of the buffoon and demagogue, Thersites, we shall next extract, as translated in three versions of Chapman, Pope, and Cowper. The first we consider as full of spirit, and true to the original; the second is a highly finished painting, but the lines which gave strength and touch to the likeness seem to us to have faded under the hand of the too careful artist. To say nothing of the misconception of the author's meaning in the words " vext when he spoke," the character of Thersites is endowed by the translator with qualities not in Homer, which raise him in consequence, but destroy the consistency and keeping of the whole. Cowper's version speaks for itself; it is close and correct, and as elegant as such a translation can be. ii " Thersites onely would speake all. A most disorder'd state Of words he foolishly powr'd out, of which his mind held more Then it could manage; any thing with which he could procure Laughter, he never could containe. He should have yet bene sure To touch no kings. T oppose their states becomes not jesters' parts. But he the filthiest fellow was of all that had deserts In Troye's brave siege: he was squint-ey'd, and lame of either foote; So crooke-backt, that he had no breast; sharpe-headed, where did shoote (Here and there sperst) thin mossie haire. He most of all envied Ulysses and...show more

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  • Paperback | 166 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 308g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236676378
  • 9781236676375